The complaint over the 2013 lane closures to the George Washington Bridge isn’t fading away, and it is falling back on New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie.
A misconduct complaint was filed last month by Bill Brennan, a retired firefighter, and a judge issued a criminal summons to Governor Christie on Thursday after finding probable cause for the complaint. The case was sent to the Bergen County prosecutor’s office, who will decide whether to issue an indictment against Christie.
Prosecutors allege that Christie’s aides closed the lanes to the bridge between September 9-13, 2013 to intentionally create a traffic catastrophe in a “political payback scheme” against Fort Lee’s city mayor because he did not endorse Christie’s bid for re-election.
Brennan says since the bridge is the major link into New York City, the fallout from the incident ended up costing taxpayers millions of dollars and says Christie is responsible for misconduct for not taking immediate action in the matter.
Former Port Authority executive David Wildstein has admitted to engineering the whole mess, and testified that he admitted it to Christie on September 11, 2013, but Christie has denied knowing anything about the plot.
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If Christie is actually found guilty of official misconduct, he faces a possible 5 to 10-year sentence.
However, this isn’t the first time Brennan – the Daily Mail reports that over the years, he has filed multiple complaints and lawsuits against New Jersey officials.
Christie’s spokesperson, Brian Murray, said, “This is a dishonorable complaint filed by a known serial complainant and political activist with a history of abusing the judicial system. The simple fact is the governor had no knowledge of the lane realignments either before they happened or while they were happening. This matter has already been thoroughly investigated by three separate independent investigations.”
Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, former Port Authority of NY and NJ executive Bill Baroni have already been on trial for their roles in the scheme.
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